The Cayman Islands
An entrepreneur in Belchertown, MA, Allen Fitzsimmons is the founder and CEO of Transitioning Forward. In this role, he leads a company that sells assets for individuals who are relocating or settling estates. In his free time, Allen Fitzsimmons enjoys traveling, especially to the Cayman Islands.
Located in the Caribbean Sea, the Cayman Islands consist of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman. Christopher Columbus landed on the islands by accident on May 10, 1503, after a random wind took his ship off course on its route to Hispaniola, which today is home to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Shocked by the thousands of turtles on the two largest islands, he named the islands Las Tortugas. Prior to taking on the current name, the islands were renamed the Caimanas, which comes from the Carib Indian term for the marine crocodile once lived on the islands.
The Cayman Islands didn’t see settlers until the 17th Century, and the first permanent inhabitant in recorded history, Isaac Bodden, was born there around 1700. The islands would eventually receive a variety of settlers, including Spanish Inquisition refugees, shipwrecked sailors, pirates, and slaves. Today, most Caymanians have a mix of African and British ancestry, and the islands welcome visitors from around the world in search of beautiful beaches and diverse Caribbean wildlife.
A graduate of the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School with a master of science in management, Allen Fitzsimmons of Belchertown, MA, is the CEO of Transitioning Forward, a business that appraises items for resale for those who are moving, down-sizing, or selling an estate. In his free time, Allen Fitzsimmons enjoys traveling to beach destinations, including the Cayman Islands, which offer a number of beautiful sites to see. The following are just a few.
–Stingray City. Located on Grand Cayman Island, Stingray City features a shallow sandbar where visitors can feed Atlantic Southern stingrays. The area also gives tourists the opportunity to explore the waters while scuba diving, snorkeling, or taking a trip aboard a glass-bottom boat.
–Smith’s Cove. With crystal clear water, Smith’s Cove is just south of George Town and is ideal for diving and snorkeling, giving visitors the opportunity to see coral reefs, sea fans, colorful sponges, and tropical fish.
–Bloody Bay Marine Park. Located on Little Cayman Island, Bloody Bay Marine Park features a coral wall that drops over 5,000 feet below sea level. The park attracts both beginners and experienced scuba divers and offers views of sea life such as stingrays, sharks, and turtles at just 100 feet below sea level.
Norwottuck Rail Trail
Allen Fitzsimmons, of Belchertown, Massachusetts, is the CEO and founder of Transitioning Forward. His organization provides appraisal, inventory, and selling services for clients who are downsizing, moving, or settling estates. Allen Fitzsimmons enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, cycling, and exploring the trails around Belchertown.
The Norwottuck Rail Trail stretches from Northampton to Belchertown along the former Boston and Maine Railroad. Classified as “easy,” bikers, walkers, and inline skaters can all enjoy 11 miles of paved trail. During the winter, the trail can also be used for cross-country skiing.
The Norwottuck Rail Trail is open from dawn until dusk and asks that visitors adhere to the rules of the road, heeding stop signs and speed limits. Visitors should also give verbal warnings to others when desiring to pass.
Partial support for the Norwottuck Rail Trail is funded by the Mass in Motion-Healthy Hampshire initiative. This initiative promotes healthy lifestyles and environments, as well as habits that contribute to healthy eating and an active lifestyle. Belchertown is a participant in the initiative, a collaborative effort which also includes the nearby communities of Amherst, Northampton, and Williamsburg.
St. Gaudens Double Eagles
Founder and CEO of Transitioning Forward in Belchertown, MA, Allen Fitzsimmons focuses on client relations, account acquisition, and partnership management. As a hobby, Allen Fitzsimmons enjoys researching the history of coins.
The Saint-Gaudens double eagle is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful coins ever made. The collaboration for the coin began in 1905 when America’s renowned sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, designed the inaugural medal for Theodore Roosevelt.
Impressed with the medal, Roosevelt devised a scheme whereby Saint-Gaudens would design a new US gold coin based on the high-relief coins of ancient Greece. The result was a numismatic masterpiece.
The front side of the coins depict Lady Liberty marching forward with rays of light behind her. Her right hand holds a torch and her left hand holds an olive branch. The word Liberty is inscribed above her, while the coin’s date appears on her left and the capitol building is on her lower right. The coin’s edge is ringed by 46 stars, the number of US states at the time.
The rear side of the coin sports a bald eagle in full flight in front of the same light rays. Above the bird appear the words, “United States of America” and “Twenty Dollars.”
Concerned with how the money might be spent, Roosevelt ordered Saint-Gaudens to omit the customary “In God We Trust” on the original version of the coin. However, Congress insisted the motto appear in subsequent mintings.